Patients across the country have filed lawsuits alleging that Crestor caused them to develop type 2 diabetes and that the company failed to disclose this risk to doctors and patients. The lawsuits were filed after recently published medical studies revealed a link between taking Crestor and developing type 2 diabetes.
Did you or a loved one develop type 2 diabetes after taking Crestor? If so, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Please complete our free, no-obligation case review form to learn about your legal rights.
While a direct link has yet to be established, several medical studies have shown that taking Crestor can increase a patient’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. For example, patients taking Crestor had an 18% higher risk of developing new-onset diabetes according to one study. Another study found that patients who took Crestor and had one risk factor for diabetes were 28% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Many of the lawsuits allege that even patients who live active and healthy lifestyles have developed type 2 diabetes from taking Crestor.
Studies have also shown that Crestor has a significantly higher risk of causing diabetes than other statins, some of which actually reduce a patient’s likelihood of developing diabetes. According to one study, the elderly, women, and patients of Asian descent have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes from taking statins such as Crestor.
In February of 2012, the Food and Drug Administration announced safety changes for the labels of Crestor and certain other statins. The new labels warn patients and doctors that Crestor can cause an increase in blood sugar levels and that the FDA is aware of studies indicating that patients treated with certain statins have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes can pose a dangerous health risk to patients. If undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and death.
The Crestor lawsuits are not a class action. These cases are considered a mass tort, which is different from a class action. In mass tort litigation, each Crestor patient who developed type 2 diabetes must file a separate lawsuit seeking compensation for his or her damages.
If you or a loved one developed type 2 diabetes after taking Crestor, you may be able to participate in a lawsuit to collect compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For more information and to learn if you are eligible for compensation, please complete our free case review form for a no-obligation case evaluation from our Crestor attorneys.